Originally Posted by Cirquerider
I'm old, and now its come to this!
If that wasn't enough, my scheduled doom is on 9/11.
I need to psyche up for this. Tell me your story.
: (yeah, I know...no fiber)
I deal with this stuff on a day to day basis on my Med/Surg unit. There are a couple of different ways of cleaning out the intestine. Go-Lytely is often used, it's a powder in a Gallon jug - and, yes, you have to drink it all. An easier alternative is an oral solution by Fleet's. Two doses mixed in fruit juice (spread out by a couple of hours) will accomplish the same thing. They've got the procedure really polished - it'll will be fine although if it's done on an outpatient basis you'll need someone else to drive you home. You can get copies of the pictures to show at your next cocktail party.
PS: Is this a routine examination or is there a specific reason? There is ever growing debate about administering this test w/o some basis of concern ie family history, bloody stools, IBS etc. Don't be afraid of questioning the physician. Often times they will order tests that are not necessary. And yes, I am now a licensed RN.
PPS:Be thankful it's not an EGD, they go in through the other way, significantly more complicated in terms of anesthesia etc.